Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The national narrative about Morant almost seems like this is his first year on Murray State’s campus.But he had a solid freshman season, averaging 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists and helped the Racers win the Ohio Valley Conference to reach the NCAA Tournament.Now, he has taken his game to another level, averaging 23.9 points and leading the nation in assists at 10.4 per a game. He wants to become the first player to finish averaging those lofty numbers since assists became an official NCAA statistic in 1985-86.And though Morant’s draft stock is rising and financial advisers have been in constant contact with dad Tee Morant, any decision about his son’s future will have to wait until the spring.Morant said he isn’t thinking about turning pro. He’s focusing on helping the Racers (19-4) repeat as OVC champions.Nobody is counting him out, not after his performance in the game he injured his ankle. He returned after the injury and finished with 20 points and nine assist in a 79-66 loss to Belmont.“I knew how resilient he was and his threshold for pain,” Tee Morant said of his son in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “Once I saw him jogging, I knew he was coming back in.”It’s been an impressive journey for a little-known recruit playing for a small mid-major often overshadowed by the Bluegrass State’s basketball powerhouses, Kentucky and Louisville. It’s even more improbable considering Morant wasn’t even on Murray State’s recruiting radar initially.The school discovered Morant by accident in 2016 during a summer AAU camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina.He was playing 3-on-3 in an auxiliary gym when then-Racers assistant James Kane — who was there to scout guard Tevin Brown — went searching for a concession stand. He heard balls bouncing and peeked inside the gym for a look and saw Morant dominating the game. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra All the attention has taken some getting used to.“Honestly, it surprised me,” said Morant, who also leads Murray State with 5.6 rebounds per game. “I didn’t think I would be here right now in this position I’m in. I know eventually that it would have played out in the end, but it happened fast.”If the draft projections play out, Morant could be selected right after Williamson. Their AAU team — the South Carolina Hornets — also featured guard Devontae Shuler, who now plays at Mississippi.Williamson was the man on that AAU squad, though Morant, a year older than Williamson and just 6-0, was still growing. Even so, their AAU coach, Ricky Taylor, said Morant’s point guard skills and floor leadership were “unreal” — not to mention his ability to elevate.“He could get off the ground then, but he’s getting to the rim,” Taylor said. “Those three more inches have helped him a lot. He’s definitely more aggressive now, whereas he didn’t have to be then.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Murray State’s Ja Morant in action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against SIU – Edwardsville in Murray, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Ja Morant is finding ways to stay grounded following his ascension to the bright lights of college basketball’s national stage.The high-flying Murray State point guard is off social media to the dismay of 141,000 followers on his verified Twitter account. He is not listening to lofty projections of being a top-three NBA draft pick if he leaves after this season.ADVERTISEMENT Morant was a late roster addition and not listed, but Kane came away enamored with him and made a hard pitch for the guard.“It got to the point where it was overwhelming to Ja and they were … calling daily,” the elder Morant recalled. “Coach Kane would call me and be like, ’tell your son to answer his phone or call me or text me or something. They were persistent.”While Kane left Murray State to join former Racers coach Steve Prohm at Iowa State, Morant ended up in Murray, Kentucky.“I knew Ja was going to be a special player,” Murray State coach Matt McMahon said. “Probably didn’t know it would happen this quick, but he’s an elite talent. Add to that his ability to make everyone around him better and the fact that he’s a hard worker who’s a winner, that sets up to have this once-in-a-lifetime type player.”Morant is among the top 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to college basketball’s top men’s and women’s player, and in the top 10 for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard.He could be Murray State’s highest NBA draft selection, and would follow Racer standouts Cameron Payne (first-round, 2015) and Isaiah Canaan (second, 2013) into the NBA.An improbable journey indeed. And until Morant’s injured right ankle heals, he’s being careful with his highlight-reel dunks that turned him into an overnight sensation.“There’s still a little bit of pain in it,” said Morant, who turned the ankle in the early minutes against Belmont on Jan. 24. “I’m playing under the rim now, so …”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNonetheless, his sophomore season has been over the top.The 6-foot-3 guard became a sensation with his acrobatic dunks, rivaling those by his former AAU teammate — Duke’s Zion Williamson. 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Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Philippines went 1-3 in its last four games but national team head coach Yeng Guiao is upbeat the team can still reach its main goal.“We feel very confident that we can make it to the World Cup. Our objective from the beginning is to really try and get to the World Cup,” said Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGilas is coming off a 100-82 rout of the Meralco Bolts on Friday in its only tune-up game before plunging back into action in the qualifiers.Blatche, who is back as the team’s naturalized player, will rejoin the squad in Doha. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments LATEST STORIES Joining the three on the trip are Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Roger Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Poy Erram, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca and Thirdy Ravena.The 22-year-old Ravena is the only collegiate player chosen to be part of the pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history NBA All-Stars Chris Webber, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal among 13 Hall of Fame finalists Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine men’s national basketball team on Saturday left for Doha, Qatar for the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Gilas Pilipinas, led by Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo and Andray Blatche, battles Qatar in a must-win on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers
The Criminal Court ‘B’ Judge has disclosed that for the Judiciary to be independent and corruption free, it needs adequate budgetary allocation.“We note with concern that even though numerous calls are being made for the Judiciary to be independent and corruption free, notwithstanding the Legislative and the Executive Branches of Government have failed to increase the budget for the Judiciary,” Judge Nancy F. Sammy of Criminal Court ‘B’ added, “at the time when the it needs adequate budgetary appropriate in undertaking measures for judicial reforms.”She made the assertion Monday, May 12, when she presided over the joint opening of the May 2014 Term of Criminal Courts, A, B. C and D, at the Temple of Justice.According to the Criminal Court Judge, for the Judiciary Sector to be totally independent, it needs adequate budgetary appropriation to enhance its work.“Increase the budget of the Judiciary, improve and increase the salaries of judges, provide better retirement packages for judges,” adding, “construct modern court facilities, throughout the country and judicial residential quarters especially for judges that will be assigned outside of Monrovia.”She further explained that “as judges, we are government’s officials and we are therefore, paid by the government.”But, the Judicial Canon six under rules of courts “forbids judges to engage in any business for economic gain. This means it is the obligation and the responsibility of the government to provide all basic needs of judges throughout the country, so that we may live decently.”“Regrettably,” Judge Sammy said, “we note with concern that the Financial Act which gives autonomy to the Judiciary is being circumvented by the reduction of the proposed budget by the Executive.”The Act, she said, mandates the Executive to only place notation on a transmitted slip and attached it to the budget of the judiciary without any deduction.“But, this act is currently being circumvented by the Executive to the extent that the Minister of Finance was recently cited by the Supreme Court to provide information on why the budgetary appropriation of the Judiciary was drastically reduced,” she noted.“With these how can we achieve judicial reform, or how can we have a strong and independent judiciary,” she wondered, “Then, when we do not have adequate and sufficient budgetary support to effectively enhance judicial reform, we must take into account that judicial reform is so expensive that it requires sufficient and adequate budgetary appropriation,” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberian government announced last weekend the resumption of academic activities, beginning Monday, January 12, 2015. The Ministry of Education (MOE) said registration of students would commence that day, followed by teacher orientation and other preparatory activities. Classes will commence on Monday, February 2.This announcement immediately received mixed reactions from school authorities, especially in Monrovia. Some for various reasons expressed un-readiness. They cited teacher availability, as some have resigned and moved on. Others wondered about money for buckets, Clorox and thermometers to enforce Ebola-preventive measures; and other emergencies associated with school reopening. Still others argued that the notice was too short. Many school authorities also raised the burning issue of transportation. But two leading Liberian educators, both of them women and heads of private institutions, reacted differently. Sister Mary Laurene Browne, head of the Roman Catholic-run Stella Maris Polytechnic, told our Education Correspondent C.Y. Kwanue that yes, times are tough, but Liberians and their partners should make the sacrifice and proceed with school reopening. She gave two primary reasons: first, waiting any longer for the resumption of academic activities would cause the country’s education system to “go from bad to worse.” The longer we took, she reckoned, the more difficult and more expensive it would be to reopen schools. Secondly, she feared that should we wait until Liberia is declared Ebola-free “our school-going children would become over-aged for their current classes.”The renowned educator suggested that all of us—government, schools, including all staffs and the students— “should ensure strict observance of the preventive measures . . .” Madam Hesta Katakaw, probably the nation’s leading education entrepreneur, lamented that many of the school authorities were behaving like “foolish virgins.”Remember the story Jesus told about the bridegroom’s coming, and how the Kingdom of Heaven would be like unto that? There were ten virgins who were told to prepare for the bridegroom’s coming. Five of them were wise, five were foolish. While the bridegroom tarried (delayed), all of the virgins slept. But before then, the wise virgins prepared themselves by filling their lamps with oil. The foolish five, however, never bothered to prepare themselves or their lamps. When at midnight it was announced that the bridegroom was arriving, the foolish virgins rushed to the wise ones saying, “Give us some oil, for our lamps are gone out.” But the wise replied, “No, lest there be not enough for ours. Go ye therefore to the shops and buy oil.” By the time the foolish virgins returned, the bridegroom had arrived and the door had been shut. They cried to him to open the door, but it was too late. Jesus then told his disciples, “Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of man cometh.” Surely, like Sister Laurene and Madam Katakaw, there is not a single school principal or authority that did not know that it was only a matter of time when all schools would be declared reopened. So while the government waited for the deadly Ebola virus to go away, all educational authorities, beginning with MOE, and even the parents, should have been preparing for school reopening.Alas! The hour has come when President Sirleaf has declared the time ripe for our students to return to school. Which MCSS school is there that has not, during all these months of waiting, cleaned its yard and building, repaired its broken benches, refurbished its bathrooms and made ready its classrooms, laboratories and libraries for school reopening?In the Ebola interim, which commenced in March 2014, the Ministry of Education itself should have been engaging all public school authorities and helped them get ready for the eventual school reopening. We hope that has been the case, and that MCSS and all other government educational institutions in Monrovia and around the country are ready. And as Sister Laurene has reminded us, every school should be equipped with all the utensils, buckets, thermometers, etc., and materials—Clorox and other needed chemicals and soap for the bathrooms—to ensure that all the measures are strictly observed.School authorities may reject the notion of being foolish virgins; but surely in times of crisis—any crisis—no one should sit supinely and do nothing. If it is no more than keeping the surroundings clean or repairing the broken benches, that would have been something.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We are still committed and dedicated to development, growth and progress of Liberia’s socio-economic conditions irrespective of the many challenges and constraints facing the nation and its people,” CEO Antonio Maria assured Liberians.This assertion was contained in comments made by Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s CEO Antonio Carlos Maria during a news conference held Sept. 9, at the company’s operations site in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.He explained that those areas of socio-economic growth include; the corporation’s social corporate responsibility such as the construction and rehabilitation of roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure.CEO Maria also reminded the Liberian Government and Liberians that Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia remains committed to its initial policy statement that the corporation will continue to maintain theme ‘Transforming Tomorrow’ into productive and economic driven endeavors for all Liberians.“Our business as corporate entity is intended to ensure the overall empowerment of Liberians in the areas of employment, training and sustained development and growth,” CEO Maria stressed.Shedding light on current and future employment, the Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s CEO intimated that to date 1, 500 qualified Liberians and other personnel are in the employ of the corporation both in Yekepa, Nimba County and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.He also indicated that in the second phase of Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s operations, a projection of 2,500 qualified Liberians and other personnel would be employed in the country.Commenting on specific area of training, CEO Maria disclosed that, it is one of the main reasons the Vocational Training Center was established, gearing towards training Liberians for more employment opportunities in the mining operations of the company.On what was invested in the phase one operations of Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia, CEO Maria intimated that a little over one billion United States dollars was invested and expended in Liberia.Asked about the second of the Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s project, the Chief Executive Officer disclosed that US$ 1.5 billion has been invested for the overall operations in the country.On the issue of housing benefits for employees and other support staff, CEO Maria disclosed that the provision of housing units is another empowerment project intended to ensure that employees work in an enabling environment that would ensure their productivity.The Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia’s head also disclosed that the housing initiative is an ongoing endeavor that is embedded in the second phase of the mining operations in the country.Throwing light on environmental and sanitation issues, CEO Maria further disclosed that every effort is being exerted by Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia to ensure that its areas of operations are free of sanitation, health and environmental hazards.“Regulations, laws and rules that are associated with sanitation and environment are strictly observed and adhered to in all the operations areas of Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia,” CEO Maria assured Liberians.Commenting on safety standards for employees and other essential staff, the Arcelor-Mittal-Liberia boss said the company’s safety practices and guidelines are some of the best frameworks in the country.“We will never attempt to compromise on safety standards, rules and regulations in our areas of operation in Liberia,” CEO Maria emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
European Union Ebola Coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides has urged countries unaffected by the Ebola Virus Disease not to discriminate against or isolate people of Ebola affected countries, but isolate the disease itself.Commissioner Stylianides’ statement comes in the wake of isolation and discriminatory measures by many countries including Morocco, Australia and Canada to prevent people of Ebola affected countries from entering their countries.Speaking at a brief press conference on November 14 at the EU’s Mamba Point office, Mr. Stylianides reiterated that “we want to isolate the disease, not the people. We must not allow fear to dictate our actions. This is the foundation of our commitment and solidarity.”Commenting further on strategies to curb the disease and take precautionary measures to prevent future outbreaks, the EU Commissioner said now is the time to begin thinking about a plan to build infrastructures, especially the healthcare delivery system on a long-term basis, noting that success cannot be assured without a long-term plan.“It is essential to provide the necessary resources to reconstruct the health system which was overwhelmed by the Ebola offense. We are committed to help rebuild it,” he assured.The EU diplomat further assured that Liberia, like other Ebola affected countries in the Mano River Basin, is not alone in the fight against Ebola.He said EU’s commitment to help affected countries is strong and a long-term one, recalling the union’s total commitment of US$1.2 billion since the outbreak to fight the disease.In addition to the previous commitment, Mr. Stylianides announced another amount of US$21 million.In consonance with the Liberian Government and international organizations including the MSF and WHO’s announcement of a drop in the rate of infections, Mr. Stylianides observed that, “In Liberia the nature of the epidemic is changing; we need to be more flexible in our response.”Considering that complacency may overturn the decline and cause the disease to spread with vigor again, the EU Commissioner warned that we must not lose sight of the threat. He said we must remain on the alert as Ebola remains a “clear and present danger”.He acknowledged the presence of other international partners in the fight against Ebola and also paid tribute to frontline doctors and nurses who have lost their lives as a result of their humanitarian decision to take the risk in fighting the disease.Another high profile EU Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis who heads Health and Food Safety, added to his colleague’s view that people in other countries must not discriminate against those in affected countries but must be vigilant without fear to ensure that the disease is contained.He warned that the virus exists in communities and community dwellers need to be educated on environmental cleanliness and attitude change.This is not the first time the EU has condemned stigmatization and discrimination against people of and from Ebola affected countries.It can be recalled that a few months back Deputy Director General for Europe Aid, Marcus Cornaro frowned on those discriminating against West Africans affected by Ebola and said that approach was not the right way to solve the problem.Others including the president of the African Development Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, condemned the act from the onset of the spread of the disease and said countries cancelling flights and avoiding those of Ebola affected countries were acting without expert advice.The Government of Liberia through the Foreign Ministry has cried foul against discriminatory and stigmatizing acts by many countries against people from countries affected by Ebola.Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan of late complained that some countries (not named) have cancelled flights to Liberia and put in place harsh measures for Liberians studying and working in those countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed delight at the exceptional work being done at the Liberia Mission and especially the skills they are imparting in the young people of this country.“I just want to say how pleased we are to have a group of young people like you that have come together and are applying your time learning a profession and doing well; being able to prepare yourself for leadership of the country; and the way you are doing it is so different and so pleasing,” the Liberian leader told the crowded assembly during a familiarization visit.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the comments during a pre-Christmas visit to the school’s campus in Caryesburg District.President Sirleaf praised further the efforts of the volunteer staff, headed by Joseph Sehnert, who is also the mission director and a Lay Franciscan Missionary, for bringing up these young students in the way they should go and prepare themselves. Mr. Stanley Maticka, also a volunteer staff, is chief operating officer.She also commended the principal of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, Rufus P.K. Sayemie and the dean of the residential, student work and agriculture program, Alpha John Roland, for the exceptional work they are doing in preparing the young students towards a brighter future.The Liberia Mission which has as its motto: “God-Education-Work” was founded on November 3, 2003 with seven children. The Mission is funded and supported by Franciscan Works of Chicago, Illinois and runs on an annual budget of US$275,000, with US$215,000 as operational cost; while the average per residential student is US$2,047 per annum. There are currently 105 (75 boys and 30 girls) beneficiaries; but presently 75 students are on campus due to the Ebola crisis. The rest will return when government lifts the ban on educational activities. The Mission runs a school and residential program. The residential program includes the students’ work and an agriculture program.Under the education program, the Mission runs the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School from grades K-1 to 9th. All 9th grade students in the school made a 100 percent pass in this year’s WAEC exams. Of the 105 beneficiaries, 60 attend the campus school, St. Anthony; while 30 of those beyond 9th grade attend the Booker Washington Institute; five attend St. Kizito Catholic School in Paynesville; while 10 have passed the 12th grade WAEC exams and are seeking a university education when school resumes.Under the work program, the students work 20 hours a week with a monthly salary of LD$3,500. The program offers skills development and training in plumbing, masonry, electrical and civil engineering, cooking, animal husbandry, horticulture, small machine repair, painting, carpentry, tile installation, among others.The Mission operates on 25 acres of land, with five acres used for infrastructure and the rest for farming. Currently, the farm raises 170 pigs, 105 laying chickens, 16 ducks, 10 goats, 4 sheep, 4 cows, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 donkeys, 1 monkey and a red duiker deer.In addition, the farm has about 5,000 cassava plants, 340 water melon, 150 okra plants, bitter ball, palava sauce, cucumber, and eggplant farms.During the tour of campus, President Sirleaf was presented a number of gifts, including fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and a chicken which she in turned purchased. They also have pigs for sale at very reasonable prices.As is usual during the festive season, the Liberian leader presented the Mission with an assortment of gifts including some cash to enjoy a Merry Christmas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,On April 5, it was reported in the State media that Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, who was accompanied by Regional Councillor Juilian Cummings, visited the Pomeroon riverine communities of Friendship and Martindale to address concerns affecting the livelihood and wellbeing of residents, particularly the clogged canals which were adversely affecting ingress and egress to their homesteads.Over the years, these neglected communities have suffered from the lack of basic infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, potable water and sewage disposal. Therefore, the people should not delude themselves into thinking that, from Minister Ferguson’s visit, anything substantial will be done anytime soon to improve their lot, since the Govt. has no development plan for this considered backwater area.However, it’s worth a try for them to seek assistance from the State, as they do not have the financial/technical resources to do much of the “heavy lifting” required to improve their communities, nor the political clout to effect the necessary changes.Firstly, the Government should be requested, through the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, to provide a dragline/excavator to clear the clogged canals of silt and vegetation. This would enable residents to get their produce to market, their children to school, and their sick to the hospital in a timely manner.Secondly, the cultivated areas should be empoldered to prevent flooding from excessive rainfall, runoff from adjoining lands, and overtopping from the Pomeroon River.Next, the Government should provide low-interest loans for residents to buy solar-generated electricity for their homes, which is cost-effective vis-a-vis diesel-generated electricity. Loans should also be provided to assist the residents to purchase 400/500- gallon PVC tanks to store rainwater for their domestic use. A pit latrine designed with the help of the local sanitary inspector could take care of waste disposal. If adequate financial resources later become available, the pit latrine could be upgraded to a septic tank installation.Water transportation would be the modus operandi for these communities for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the Govt. should make available duty-free 25-HP Yamaha outboard motors for the people to buy, as well as provide them with technical assistance to help them design and build efficient and cost-effective boats to meet their needs.Minister Ferguson had informed residents of the Pomeroon region that drainage and maintenance of canals within their communities were not areas for which regional Governments receive funding to manage on behalf of the Central Government. Further, she claimed that the complaint she was requested to look into did not fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI), but she would nevertheless engage further with executives of the RDC and other ministers of the Govt when she returned to office.It is inconceivable that Minister Ferguson was oblivious to the fact that the Central Government has been, and is, spending millions of taxpayers’ dollars to provide drainage for Georgetown, East Coast villages, and other coastland areas. Further, the Honourable Minister must have been aware that the MPI has been dabbling with the drainage of Georgetown, East Bank of Demerara villages, and elsewhere since 2015.The rainy season is expected to commence in a few weeks’ time. It is therefore important for the Govt. to start addressing the needs of a desperate people, thereby alleviating them out of their misery.Yours faithfully,Charles Sohan
The draft proposal was presented to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder by Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Gary Best, at the Ministry of the PresidencyIn an effort to facilitate a “climate resilient economy”, a draft proposal was presented to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on the Green Bartica Development/Land Use Plan which would see Bartica becoming Guyana’s “first green town.”The presentation was made by Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Gary Best, at the Ministry of the Presidency on Monday.It was outlined that the draft plan seeks to establish a “green pathway” for the foundation of a new Guyana, “which will result in reducing the overall carbon footprint in agriculture, fisheries, water, forestry, waste, manufacturing, transport, construction, tourism and other sectors.”“Some of the elements which will be looked at during the planning will be mainstreaming, Disaster Risk Management, alternative energy, meeting international standards and the land use plan, which will determine the viability of the proposal,” Best expressed.It was explained that the draft proposal was presented to the Ministry of Communities, National Land Use Committee and the Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC).“The green proposal, which is presently in the 2nd phase, saw presentations being done on the committee’s plan to further promote an inter-sectoral approach to environment and economic development,” the Ministry of Agriculture noted.Earlier this year President David Granger on a visit to Bartica, declared that it should become Guyana’s first green town.“Bartica has to lead the way, become our first green town…Solar energy, electrical vehicles, wind energy, solid waste management, recycling… Bartica is going to become a laboratory for Guyana’s green economy…it must be a model town for our green economy, showing all other towns and other regions how Guyana would supply enough energy without depending on fossil fuel,” the President had stated.
Amid a rampant crime wave, the Public Health Ministry has decided to close the Sophia Health Centre until further notice, after the staff there were given a scare on Wednesday.Guyana Times was informed that around 11:00h on Wednesday, a young man went into the facility and made enquiries from a staff member about the centre and whether they had surveillance cameras. This caused the nurses to become suspicious of the individual, who was subsequently seen removing a firearm from his pocket and placing it into a bag he was carrying.The incident has left many staff members traumatised. A report was made to the Public Health Ministry and a decision was made to close the facility. In October 2015, the health centre was robbed by two armed gunmen who pretended they were in need of medical attention.The two men entered the health centre claiming that they were in need of urgent medical attention and stormed into a room where the nurse was attending to a patient. They then held them at gunpoint.According to a resident in the area, the staff at the centre is in constant fear that the facility could be robbed at any time since there is no security. The woman stated that although the closure of the facility would bring inconvenience, it was in the best interest of the staff and residents.